Wouldn’t you like to make the back to school routine easy? Hectic mornings when there is no time to get things done should be a thing of the past.
Autumn is well and truly here. Mornings are dark and it is hard to get out of bed. The leaves are falling from the trees. The weather is getting colder and the sun has gone. Just when you have less energy life becomes more hectic. Children are going back to school and there is a sudden need to become more organised in the morning.
In my house mornings are always a mad crazy rush. The dog needs a walk, everyone needs breakfast, packed lunch needs making and I need to check my son has everything he needs. He has just begun college but there are still calls of “Mum, I need ……”. There is so little time to do everything in the morning I need an efficient routine to get everything done.
Making the Back to School Routine Easy
In order to get everything done before going to work and school it is important to have a good routine. Britmums in association with Chilean Easy Peelers are asking bloggers to share their tips on how they streamline their morning routine. Here are some of my tips to help make the back to school routine easy.
Have a central calendar
As soon as school starts you will start drowning in letters. Information about parents evenings, school trips, term dates and many more. Make sure you have a calendar to keep all this information in. I have a wall calendar and keep important letters from school pinned behind it. That way I can easily find out what they need on different days and avoid last minute panics. Don’t forget to check their uniform pockets for the letters they forget to give you! Check this the night before.
Get clothes ready the night before
How often do you waste time in the morning looking for shoes, PE kit and other items? Make sure you have set out everything the night before. That way you know where everything is and don’t waste time in a panic. Have essentials like keys, phones in one place so you know exactly where they are and don’t need to waste time searching for them.
Set the alarm early
Make sure you have enough time to get everything done. I set the alarm and get up earlier than everyone else. This gives me time to walk the dog and get lunches made. I can then wake the family and get them organised. This extra time helps the morning go more smoothly.
Keep breakfast simple
Breakfast is an important meal but doesn’t need to be complex. Cereal is a quick and easy breakfast. In colder weather porridge is great. Not only is it warming it keeps you feeling full until lunch. For a really quick breakfast make overnight oats the night before. This is simple and tasty.
Read more: Raspberry and banana overnight oats
Plan packed lunches
Making packed lunch can take up a lot of time in the morning. Either make packed lunch the night before or have everything ready to quickly make sandwiches in the morning. Make sure you have got plenty of snacks ready. I like to add chopped vegetable sticks, fruit and bread sticks into our lunchboxes as snacks. My son loves tangerines and when it is tangerine season we eat lots of Chilean Easy Peelers. These are the perfect fruit to add into a lunchbox for a quick snack.
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More about Chilean Easy Peelers
Chilean Easy Peelers are an easy to peel citrus fruit which are available from September to November. I love these easy to peel oranges. They are the perfect size to pop into a lunch box or to take for a snack on an Autumn walk. The fruits are sweet and seedless. If you crave a sugar pick me up a Chilean Easy Peeler is the perfect snack. They are are low in calories, fat and a good provider of vitamins and minerals. Far better than reaching for a bar of chocolate. They also help to provide children with fibre, folate, vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
Even better easy peelers are a great source of water containing around 87 percent water. It is often hard to ensure children get enough water though the day. Eating easy peelers will help to keep your kids hydrated. This will help improve their concentration levels though the day.
Read more: Stay hydrated with Highland Spring
What are your top tips for making the morning school routine easier? Let me know below.
This post is an entry for the BritMums #ChileanEasyPeelers Challenge, sponsored by Chilean Citrus Committee.